Chicken tractor gardening

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bokbok, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Bokbok

    Bokbok In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2007
    Does anyone have any experience using chicken tractors to rotate around on top of garden beds? Ultimately I want to know this: If I leave, say, three chickens on a 10 sq. ft. piece of ground, they reduce the weeds to nil, then every day I throw alfalfa, straw, and soil in there till two weeks goes by... How long do I have to wait till I can plant something in that patch of ground? I hear that the straw absorbs some of the "heat". In one book they say I can go right ahead and plant, but what do ya'll think?

    I'm already a week into this experiment, by the way. And I have the seeds I want to plant.
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Quote:What book are you using?
    Most would not suggest immediate planting. Id wait a few months. About the time you get the second bed prepped and the tractor moved on to the third - time to plant the first.
    I use a tractor but havent developed in into the garden bed method yet.
    In fact I have frogetten most of what Ive read on the subject! Im saving this one to follow....

    PS I have the 7 year plan by Delbert Hartmann specifically for his tractor design. I can post the hi-lites if anyone is interested.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2008

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